EVERY FAMILY HAS ITS GO-TO ONE-LINERS. In mine, it was my grandmother’s legendary mealtime instruction, always sweetly dished out: “You’re going to eat it and like it, whether you like it or not.” This remains one of my favourite sayings for its clever wordplay and honest message—Grandma Ritter really would be offended if guests didn’t have at least three servings.
Part of the reason we cherish good quips is because they’re so hard to find. To be worth repeating, they need to be witty, truthful and refreshing. Luckily, Canadians have a knack for quotable quotes. For our humour issue, regular contributor Christina Palassio has curated a collection of 41 of the best punchlines and wisecracks on record. The results—“Funny People” (page 36)—confirm this sentiment by comedian John Candy: “Wherever you go in the world, you just have to say you’re Canadian and people laugh.”
In this edition, we’re pleased to explore some other Canadian truisms. “Wheels of Fortune” (page 48) is a heartwarming endorsement of Newfoundland and Labrador’s reputation for warmth and generosity. And our travel feature, “Bear Watch” (page 70), offers up a famous zinger that may prove helpful if you’re touring a grizzly sanctuary.